(1835 - ?)
Home State: Minnesota
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 1st Minnesota Infantry
Age 26, he mustered as Private, Company H, First Minnesota Infantry on 29 April 1861.
On the Campaign
He was slightly wounded in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862, but was thought killed there.
The rest of the War
He walked off the field and headed north, eventually working at a mill in Pennsylvania. He enlisted in Company E, 21st Pennsylvania Cavalry on 5 August 1863 under the name William Champion and served until honorably discharged on 20 February 1864.
After the War
He lived on the Indian reservation at White Earth, MN and married a young Indian girl there, probably still under his false name. He revealed his identity in 1908.
References & notes
01/10/1835 in ENGLAND
1 Nelson, John H., As Grain Falls Before the Reaper, Hagerstown: John H. Nelson, 2004, pg. 151 [AotW citation 17060]
2 State of Minnesota, Board of Commissioners, Minnesota in the Civil War and Indian Wars 1861-1865, 2 volumes, St. Paul: Pioneer Press Company, 1890-93, Vol. 1, pg. 61 [AotW citation 20284]
3 Barden, Chuck, and Wayne D. Jorgenson, The First Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment , Published 2000, first accessed 01 January 2002, <http://www.1stminnesota.net/>, Source page: /#/soldier/513 [AotW citation 20285]